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Every two months the Commerce Commission publishes feature articles in the newsletter Bulletin – News direct from the Commerce Commission.

The Bulletin covers a mix of regulation and competition issues. Articles inform about the Commission's thinking, feature case studies and general Commission news. The newsletter also contains updates on consultations, highlight new resources on our website and international news.

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Surveys show health professionals will benefit from competition and consumer law guidance

Published on 25 February 2013

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Recent surveys undertaken with a number of health professional groups, show professionals working in the health and disability sector will benefit from the guidance materials currently under development by the Commission.

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Looking ahead to 2013

Published on 28 January 2013

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The Commission has an exciting and busy year ahead with legislative changes in the consumer area while in the competition arena new legislation will impact our work on cartels. We look forward to a number of 'firsts' in 2013 as new regulatory regimes are bedded in across the energy, dairy and telecommunications industries. CEO Brent Alderton outlines the year ahead.

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Web-based traders a growth area for complaints to Commerce Commission

Published on 28 January 2013

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The growing trend to buy products and services online is spurring a significant growth in complaints to the Commerce Commission about online traders. It’s one of several trends identified in analysis of statistics from the Commission’s Contact Centre for the 2012 year. And more of those complaints are being filed with the Commission online.

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2012 achievements

Published on 20 December 2012

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The Commerce Commission has ended the year with a welcome Christmas present for former Credit Sails investors after a $60 million settlement with the companies involved. It was a very satisfying way to end a busy year. Here’s a quick look back at our year.

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Feedback from our (Part 4) regulated industry stakeholders

Published on 20 December 2012

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The Commission is committed to improving its relationships with key stakeholders, including providing opportunities to give us feedback.

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Protecting consumers worldwide

Published on 20 December 2012

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We all know that the world has become a global village. While this brings huge opportunity for its citizens, it can present serious challenges when it comes to enforcing the law. That’s why the Commerce Commission plays its part in the International Consumer Protection and Enforcement Network (ICPEN). Yvette Popovic, Chief Adviser, Competition Branch reports back from the latest ICPEN conference.

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Credit SaILS – new milestone under the Fair Trading Act

Published on 20 December 2012

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The Commerce Commission’s $60 million settlement in the Credit SaILS investigation, announced this week, is a reward for investors’ patience. We hope that investors feel that the wait has been worthwhile. Commission Chair Dr Mark Berry shares his observations of the case which set a new record for a Fair Trading Act settlement.

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First customised price-quality path proposals expected in 2013

Published on 23 November 2012

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The Commission expects to receive the first proposals for customised price-quality paths (CPPs) from electricity distribution businesses in early 2013.

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Supreme Court ruling - message from the Chair

Published on 23 November 2012

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Last week we received a much anticipated ruling from the Supreme Court following a challenge by Vector to our decision not to set a starting price input methodology for electricity distribution and gas pipeline services.

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Credit contracts - improving compliance

Published on 23 November 2012

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Increasing numbers of complaints relating to ‘hardship’, and a decline in complaints about bank credit cards are just two of the trends we’ve noted following a review of complaints under the Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Act (CCCF Act). The analysis was done to inform the Commission’s future education and enforcement efforts in relation to the CCCF Act.

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